Carmine-Braised Short Ribs (Kramer Vineyards)

The inspiration for this recipe came from a winemaker dinner we had over the summer at Artigiano. They served a beef dish braised in Nebbiolo that we were obsessed with. That led us to experiment with other wines we like to serve with meat, like the Carmine. We had these braised short ribs during harvest, and they were such a hit with the crew that we’ll be serving this on crisp harvest nights for years to come.

Pairing: Kramer 2014 Carmine
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  • 6 Pounds Beef Short Ribs
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Beef Stock Cubes, or 3T of Beef Bouillon
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 8 Garlic Cloves
  • 6 Large Carrots cut into chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cans Petite Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz. can
  • 3 cups of Kramer Vineyards Carmine Red Wine or a dry big red of your choice
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Parsley to garnish


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add half of the olive oil and butter. Season the meat with salt and pepper then sear on all sides in the hot pan, about 2-3 minutes on each side. 

  2. When the short ribs are done are browned, place them in the crock-pot. Pro-Tip: if the pan gets dry, you may need to add a little more butter and olive oil during the process. I like to deglaze the pan with a little red wine to help keep things from sticking to the pan. This also adds some extra flavor! 

  3. I drop the beef stock cubes in the pot after the meat is browned and arranged. I like to put them towards the bottom of the crock-pot, so they have a chance to dissolve as it is cooking. I get lazy about some things in the kitchen and using water to make broth is one of them! 

  4. Now that your frypan is deglazed, sauté the onions, garlic cloves, and tomato paste in a little more butter and olive oil, just until it is fragrant, less than a minute. Place the sautéed mixture in the crock-pot on top of the ribs. Add the carrots, diced tomatoes, Kramer Vineyards Carmine, bay leaves and thyme sprigs to the crock-pot. Top with another dose of salt and pepper. Put on the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

  5. You can serve this dish on top baked, roasted or mashed potatoes, polenta, or cauliflower. It is a hearty dish that is perfect for a winter evening, especially with a glass of Kramer Vineyards Carmine!